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Your dentist and the American Dental Association recommend that you brush twice and floss your teeth once per day as part of an effective oral hygiene routine. Applying toothpaste to a soft-bristled toothbrush improves its ability to remove residual food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth.

At the same time, there are some brands of toothpaste that are specially formulated with additive ingredients to meet specific needs.

When shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, you should only consider buying a brand of toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that the ADA has researched and tested the active ingredients. If they meet the rigorous standards, the toothpaste is recognized for safety and effectiveness in a daily oral hygiene routine.

Toothpaste with added fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel. This can prevent cavities and mitigate symptoms of tooth sensitivity.

Whitening toothpaste is formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. This toothpaste helps reduce minor surface stains between dental cleanings. However, they will not be strong enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth.

There are some brands of toothpaste that have been formulated to mitigate the sensations of tooth sensitivity. While these might provide short-term relief from symptoms, you will still need to have the underlying cause of the tooth sensitivity diagnosed and treated.

Nonabrasive toothpaste or denture polish might be called for if you have dentures. You might also want to keep nonabrasive toothpaste on hand if you need to maintain a custom mouthguard, night guard or snore guard. Some types of nonabrasive toothpaste are also formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth.

If you need help shopping for a new brand of toothpaste in Edina, Minnesota, you can always call 952-841-0122 to talk to a member of our York Dental staff.